Thursday, August 20, 2009

Blog Etiquette

Two teachers in the U.S.A. worked with their classes to come up with a list of guidelines for student bloggers.

One of them, Bud Hunt, has these suggestions, among others:

1. Students using blogs are expected to treat blogspaces as classroom spaces. Speech that is inappropriate for class is not appropriate for our blog. While we encourage you to engage in debate and conversation with other bloggers, we also expect that you will conduct yourself in a manner reflective of a representative of this school.

2. Never EVER EVER give out or record personal information on our blog. Our blog exists as a public space on the Internet. Don’t share anything that you don’t want the world to know. For your safety, be careful what you say, too. Don’t give out your phone number or home address. This is particularly important to remember if you have a personal online journal or blog elsewhere.

3. Again, your blog is a public space. And if you put it on the Internet, odds are really good that it will stay on the Internet. Always. That means ten years from now when you are looking for a job, it might be possible for an employer to discover some really hateful and immature things you said when you were younger and more prone to foolish things. Be sure that anything you write you are proud of. It can come back to haunt you if you don’t.

4. Never link to something you haven’t read. While it isn’t your job to police the Internet, when you link to something, you should make sure it is something that you really want to be associated with. If a link contains material that might be creepy or make some people uncomfortable, you should probably try a different source.

Please feel free to add your own suggestions or comments below.


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  3. These blog etiquette may seem like common sense but there have been many instances where people forget about these simple rules.

  4. These are some basic rules towards blogging or anything public on internet. And also by using appropriate language on a blog is just a common courtesy towards the blogger and readers. Wither if the blog is a classroom blog or not.

  5. I agree with Vicky. It really is a sign of common courtesy. It's a shame that some people think they are completely untraceable on the Web and would therefore say anything they like, not caring about other readers.

  6. as long as people are smart about what they say on the Internet its fine. its only when people fail to realize what they can do wrong that we have problems

  7. many problems arise from failing to show simple respect to others who share this technology. by abusing this privilege, many people suffer

  8. The rules of proper etiquette have been around for many years, but they have become more important today than before. One of the reasons is because technology has advanced, connecting people around the world. These etiquette may seem easy to follow, but many people still forget about them from time to time. We should make a habit of having proper etiquette, no matter where we are!


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